Hong Kong is known over the world as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping. In the city center, millions of people are crammed into a very small space that somehow seems to work perfectly. Around every corner there is something new and unique, whether it’s an ancient temple, a store selling the latest electronic gadgets, or a man taking his bird in a cage. for a walk. Hong Kong also has another side, where you will find beautiful beaches, forest covered mountains, hiking trails, islands and traditional fishing villages.
Hong Kong is certainly one of the most awe-inspiring cities in the world, but there is much more to it than meets the eye.
1. Star Ferry
One of the best deals in all of Hong Kong is its famous Star Ferry, with roots dating back to 1880, and costs just a few Hong Kong dollars to travel. It’s hard not to be struck as you travel the main road from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, or more specifically from Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to Central by the dense towers of Hong Kong Island, backing onto green mountains that rise up in front of you. The breeze off the water is exceptionally refreshing, and the great outdoors is a perfect antidote to the narrow city limits.
Don’t worry about setting aside an hour for the ferry, they leave every few minutes throughout the day and later in the evening, so it’s always easy to get a good seat at the front or along the rail. Equally impressive is the return trip from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui. If you time it well in the evening, you can enjoy all the splendor of A Symphony of Lights. The 360-degree spectacle of laser beams hitting the skyscrapers on either side of the harbor is one of the city’s free attractions and one of the most popular nightlife activities in Hong Kong.
2. Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong has one of the worlds most impressive and recognizable skylines. In the harbor, traditional Chinese red-sailed junks and the historic Star Ferry contrast sharply with the decor of modern skyscrapers. At night, the skyline completely changes in character as the sky darkens and city lights fill the scene. To view the skyline, two of the best places in Hong Kong are from the top of Victoria Peak or the Kowloon waterfront (along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade near the clock tower), not far from the Star Ferry dock, where benches line the waterfront and look across Hong Kong. The latter is the best place to watch the night and laser show A Symphony of Lights set to music.
3. Victoria Peak
You haven’t seen the best of Hong Kong until you’ve seen the Victoria Peak skyline, better known as The Peak. Ride a tram to the top of this scenic vantage point to see the skyscrapers, bustling city, harbor, and surrounding islands. The tram station is located near the entrance to Hong Kong Park near the Murray building. At the top of the tram are the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, with shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. Most of The Peak is covered by a large park with lush greenery, nature trails, and more beautiful vantage points with views of the thriving metropolis below. A trail also descends from The Peak to the town below, following a mix of trails through forest and stretches of road here and there. To find your way, can be a bit confusing.
A great time to visit The Peak is in the evening, when you can see the spectacular skyline lit. It is one of the best views of Hong Kong at night. If the tram line is long, or you want to drive straight from your hotel, you can also take a taxi to the top.